Junior Solar Sprints Race

Going SolarBelieving that our youth, especially those in their middle school years, are the biggest proponents of change, in 2001 TransOptions began searching for a program that would introduce students to alternatives to the use of gasoline as a transportation fuel. What we found was an outstanding educational program known as Junior Solar Sprints (JSS). Like all of TransOptions’ Environmental Education programs, JSS  correlates to NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards.

What is it?The Junior Solar Sprints program is a perfect example of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. JSS engages students to design, build and race solar-powered model cars with materials (including solar panels) that TransOptions provides, free of charge.

After months of building, testing and experimentation, students compete for the fastest, most-innovative and best-engineered vehicles. The winners from these division races go on to compete against the best-of-the best at our Inter-County final competition.

Who can participate?Middle School students (grade 6-8) from Morris, Sussex, Warren and suburban Essex, Passaic and Union Counties are eligible to participate in the program which culminates each May in five division races.

The popularity of the event is evident in the press coverage it receives. Reporters and photographers from New Jersey's daily newspapers, such as the Star Ledger, Daily Record and New Jersey Herald are present at each of the five races, reporting on the progress of teams as they move through the competition.

For more information about this program, contact Cindy Reuther at (973) 267-7600 or send her an email here.

2014 Race Dates and Details

  • May 12, Division 1 - Great Meadows Middle School , Great Meadows
  • May 13, Division 2 - Kittatinny High School, Newton
  • May 14, Division 3 - Ridgedale Middle School, Florham Park
  • May 15, Division 4 - New Providence Middle School, New Providence
  • May 16, Division 5 - Kingwood Township School, Frenchtown
  • May 28, Inter-county Final - Ridgedale Middle School, Florham Park


Participating Schools:

SchoolCountyTownDiv. Race
East Brook Middle SchoolBergenParamus4
Mt. Pleasant Middle SchoolEssexLivingston4
Califon Public SchoolHunterdonCalifon5
Clinton Township Middle SchoolHunterdonClinton5
East Amwell Township SchoolHunterdonEast Amwell5
Edith Ort Thomas Elementary SchoolHunterdonFrenchtown5
Kingwood Township SchoolHunterdonFrenchtown5
High Bridge Middle SchoolHunterdonHigh Bridge5
Timberlane Middle SchoolHunterdonPennington5
Alexandria Townhip SchoolHunterdonPittstown5
Milford Public SchoolHunterdonMilford5
Rockaway Valley School MorrisBoonton3
Black River Middle SchoolMorrisChester1
Valley View SchoolMorrisDenville3
East Hanover Middle SchoolMorrisEast Hanover3
Harding Middle SchoolMorrisHarding4
Lincoln Park Middle SchoolMorrisLincoln Park4
Mountain View SchoolMorrisMendham1
St. Joseph's SchoolMorrisMendham3
Canfield Avenue SchoolMorrisMine Hill3
Morris Plains Borough SchoolMorrisMorris Plains3
Unity Charter SchoolMorrisMorristown3
Mt. Arlington Public SchoolMorrisMt. Arlington3
Briarcliff MorrisMt. Lakes3
Jefferson Township MSMorrisOak Ridge2
Martin J. Ryerson Middle SchoolMorrisRingwood3
Thomas Jefferson Middle SchoolMorrisRockaway3
Memorial Jr. SchoolMorrisWhippany3
Ridgedale Avenue SchoolMorrsFlorham Park3
Hillside SchoolSomeretBridgewater4
Eisenhower Intermediate SchoolSomersetBridgewater4
Green Brook Township SchoolSomersetGreen Brook5
Warren Township Middle SchoolSomersetWarren5
Frankford Township SchoolSussexBranchville2
Franklin ElementarySussexFranklin2
Green Hills SchoolSussexGreen Hills1
Hamburg Middle SchoolSussexHamburg2
Kittatinny Regional High SchoolSussexHampton2
Hardyston Middle SchoolSussexHardyston2
Lafayette Township SchoolSussexLafayette2
Halstead Middle SchoolSussexNewton2
McKeown SussexNewton2
Star Dust Home SchoolersSussexNewton2
Willowglen AcadenySussexNewton2
Sparta Middle SchoolSussexSparta2
Stillwater SchoolSussexStillwater2
Sussex County Charter SchoolSussexSussex2
Allen W. Roberts School UnionNew Providence4
New Providence Middle SchoolUnionNew Providence4
Park Middle SchoolUnionScotch Plains4
Terrill Middle SchoolUnionScotch Plains4
Allamuchy ElementaryWarrenAllamuchy1
Ridge & Valley Charter SchoolWarrenBlairstown1
Great Meadows Middle SchoolWarrenGreat Meadows1
Hope Township SchoolWarrenHope1
Lopatcong Middle SchoolWarrenLopatcong1
Lopatcong Middle SchoolWarrenLopatcong5